Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Grace Williams, 13 December 1771

From Grace Williams

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston Decer 13 1771

Honered and Dear Sir

I had the Pleasuer of your favor with my son Blesed be God we Reeved him in good Helth and I hope Uncurrupted in his Morrals. In this my Prayers is answerd. I am obligd to his Frinds that advisd his Return tho he mant never Git a East India fortune he may do verry well and In my oppnion Great Richees never made the Poeseser a greater Wiser nor Haper man he Seams to Enter into Bussiness with the Gratest Dilegence and Cherfulness tho the town is ful of goods he hath no reason as yet to be discouragd. I Shall take Pleasure in asisting him all in my Power and I doubt not with Gods Blesing but he will be abele to do justes to his Crideters.1

Sir knowing you was allways fond of Fish I have Sent you by Capt. Acworth two half Barrells of Cod Sounds and Toungs2 wich I beg your acceptance as a Small token of my Grattitude for the Great kindness you were Pleast to treat my Sons. I must Still beg you to Continue your Perternal care of that helpless Unfortunate youth my Dear Son Josiah I know it was best for him to Stay til he had accomplished the Design of his going but knowen his helpless Situation I cannot but be thoughtful and concernd for him tho I know he is in the Care of Such worthy Frinds wich will do all in thear Power for him.

I am very Hapey to hear that his Boy is of the Franklins lyne, I flatter my Self he will be teacheable and Honeast and fathful to his Master if So he will never want a frind at least while I live.3 The Toyngs and Sounds must be Seockt [soaked] in warm water about one Houre then Peal of the black Skin Shift the water and Boyl them abought as Long as tha Wold Boyl an Egg Eat them with Melted Buter. I have the Honer to Subcrib my Self your Duteful Neas

G Williams

Aunt Mecm was hear yesterday and Sends her love to you and Mrs. Stvenson.

Benjaman Frnklin Esqr

Addressed: To / Doctr Benjamin Franklin / at Mrs Stevenson Cravenstreet / London

1For young Jonathan’s dream of an East India fortune and his return to Boston see his father to BF above, Aug. 5, Sept. 19.

2The sound, or air bladder, of the cod was considered a great delicacy.

3The boy was Henry Walker (A., who by this time had just turned fifteen. He crossed the ocean with Josiah the following spring, and was apprenticed in Boston; Mrs. Williams, to his mother’s relief, did keep her eye on him. Hannah Walker to BF, June 20, 1773, APS.

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